LAWRENCE, L.I (May. 19)
More than 500 Jewish community leaders attending a United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York rally here last night heard Israeli Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog assort that “at this very moment there are 60,000 newcomers in Israel crowded in reception camps under the most primitive conditions.” Guests attending the rally, which was arranged for the Five Towns of Long Island, pledged to raise $2,000,000 toward the 1949 goal of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York.
In a message wired to the meeting, Israeli Ambassador Eliahu Elath declared: The very existence and prosperity of Israel depends on the efforts of the United Jewish Appeal, The work carried on by the U.J.A. is particularly important at this time when the new state is faced with additional and overwhelming responsibilities affecting not only its own citizens, but all our brethren newly-arrived, as well as those impatiently waiting to find homes and refuge in Israel.”